The Busy Business of Personal Injury

The personal injury business is a messy, competitive industry. While I am not involved as a lawyer nor have I been the victim of a negligent personal injury, I study and research the industry often. I mostly study personal injury law firms because I find the dynamics to be interesting. How difficult it must be to work in a field in which all of your clients have been injured; as a compassionate person (as many personal injury lawyers are), you do not want people to be hurt or injured. But as a business proposition, a personal injury lawyer kind of needs people to be injured or wrongfully hurt.

This is just one reason why the industry is interesting to me. Another reason that it fascinates me is that practicing personal injury law provides lawyers with the ability to fight for justice while still making a good amount of money. From my experience, most lawyers practice law because they want to make the world a better place — even if through just one case or client at a time.

However, a law degree is expensive — and requires an expensive bachelor’s degree from an undergraduate college. Many, many law school students have hundreds of thousands of student loans by the time they graduate and become practicing attorneys. And most new lawyers predict they will offset this debt through a high-paying job soon after graduation. But as an article in Forbes discusses, the reality for most new law school graduates is different than the reality they were promised: law school tuition is increasing while the number of high-paying jobs for new graduates is rapidly decreasing.

As a result, the few industries that have still retained the potential for high-paying jobs are increasingly competitive as more and more new law school graduates seek to stake a claim. But there are only so many personal injury accidents every year, so the clientele base is finite. Lawyers in the personal injury business combat this in two ways:

  • Retaining as many clients as possible — not letting clients decide against litigating or letting clients go to other firms
  • Attracting and earning new clients, developing personal injury mass torts

Of course, there are other methods to increase the profits of a personal injury law firm. But these approaches are the standard in the personal injury world.

Client retention

Client retention and conversion is a difficult aspect of personal injury law; so much so, entire businesses like the legal conversion experts at Intake Conversion Experts have been built around the central premise of helping personal injury law firms retain clients through administrative support, bilingual intake services, follow-up calls, and other client contact methods.

Essentially, these businesses are staffed with people experienced in personal injury law but instead of practicing law, they work on the business/marketing side of things. They are contracted out by law firms to assist with overflow or retention.

Client conversion

As I mentioned before, the second way that personal injury law firms remain competitive is through taking people who have been unfairly injured by another and bringing them to the firm as clients in personal injury law. The difficulties to client conversion include hesitation to incur legal fees and overall dissatisfaction with lawyers. These concerns can be addressed through excellent legal work and a commitment to clients’ well-being.

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How to Stay Safe if you are Buying a Bike

So, how dangerous are motorcycles, really? We’ve all had that dream to ride across the U.S. with the wind blowing through our hair. We’re riding into the sunset, and it’s like a scene out of Easy Rider. We’re rocking a leather jacket, the engine is revving, somehow there’s a soundtrack playing behind. But we’ve also all heard something along the same lines: motorcycles are dangerous, motorcyclists are constantly getting run over, motorcycles just aren’t safe. Stick with the car. And those words scare a lot of us out of trying to live that motorcycling dream. Well, how worried should we be? Are the worriers right that motorcycles are so dangerous? Or is the fear overrated? Unfortunately, it seems the worriers have it right. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are 72.34 motorcycle deaths per 100,000 registered motorcyclists. That’s a massive jump from the numbers for cars, which are just 13.10 per 100,000 drivers. That means riding a motorcycle is 35 times are dangerous as driving a car. But, let’s say, you’re determined to buy a bike anyway. The sunset is calling to you. You need that wind blowing through your hair. Well, what steps can you take to lower your chances of an accident? First and foremost, just pay attention. A lot of this has to do with motorcyclists just not paying attention. In fact, a study done in 1981, called the Hurt Report, found that motorcyclists were at fault for two-thirds of all incidents that involved a single vehicle, and that was mostly because they weren’t paying attention. Another stunning statistic from the same study, almost half of the fatal motorcycle accidents involved alcohol. Compare that to the measly 2% of accidents where the weather was to blame. Another study, MAIDS, found that in 69% of accidents, no evasive maneuvers were used. The next major point is to just wear a helmet. According to the MAIDS report, that would have reduced the chance of injury by almost 70%. So, sorry, no wind blowing through your hair folks. The main point is, be aware of yourself and others. And just be responsible. The most common reasons for motorcycle accidents are:

  • Reckless and careless driving by either you or another
  • Mechanical malfunction
  • Road defects
  • And, once again, drunk driving

So, if you stay sober, keep your bike in good working order, and drive safely, you’ve definitely improved your chances of making all the way across your cross-country road trip. One final point: make sure you get some good insurance. Obviously, because you’re left out in the open with so little protection, when accidents do happen, they tend to be pretty bad. So, get the best coverage you can, even if it costs as much as your bike. If you have all that covered, all I can say is, stay safe and enjoy the ride.

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Accidents Resulting to Broken Bones

According to the law firm Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, accidents are bound to happen. Every year, people suffer through serious physical and financial stress caused by a serious injury, like fractured skull or broken bones. Personal injury specifically refers to any situation in which another party’s recklessness or negligence directly causes an accident. These preventable accidents can leave innocent victims and their families to face a multitude of challenges.

Broken bone or bone fracture is a break or a crack in a bone. This happens whenever a direct force that is stronger than the bone can withstand is exerted against it. While the most common sites for bone fractures are the hips, arms and legs, there are also cases wherein fractures can occur to the skull and ribs, making the injury life-threatening. 

Besides pain, swelling, bruising, deformity and inability to use the affected limb (arm or leg), bone fractures can also cause other complications, including blood loss, stunted growth of the bone, and injuries to organs, tissues and other structures surrounding the injured part. 

Medline Plus identifies the following as the common causes of broken bones:

  • Fall from a height
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Direct blow
  • Child abuse
  • Repetitive forces, such as those caused by running, can cause stress fractures of the foot, ankle, tibia, or hip

Osteoporosis and certain types of cancer that cause the bones to fracture more easily, present risks too as these can make minor accidents, such as a fall accident, end up with serious results. Thus, while some fractures will only require a plaster cast or the surgical insertion of plates or metal rods which will hold the bone pieces together, complicated fractures usually require surgery and surgical traction.   

Among the many types of motor vehicles, bone fracture, or fracture to the skull or ribs, is most common among motorcycle riders. This is due to the lack of body protection of riders. This risk to accidents and injuries motorcycle riders are exposed to is often caused by drivers of passenger vehicles who deny motorcyclists their right of way. Most often too, drivers never check for possible approaching motorcycles before making a turn, before backing up in parking lots or before opening their car door. 

As explained by Milwaukee injury lawyers, broken bones can occur for a number of reasons. While these injuries may seem common, they can have serious and long-lasting effects. Broken bones can lead to complications and permanent problems, often leaving victims stressed and frustrated. It is important to know, however, that victims of accidents, which leave them with a serious bone fracture, may be in the position to fight for compensation from the party that caused the accident.


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When Will You Need A Personal Injury Lawyer

When involved in a car accident, there are many questions that can pop up which can overwhelm you. When your injuries are considered serious and the damages significant enough for a personal injury claim, then hiring an injury lawyer would be necessary. Lawyers will be the one who will represent you before the defendant and the court. They play a valuable role because of their knowledge of pertinent laws and legal procedures that are applicable to your case.

Generally all personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis, which the Hankey Law Office website describes as an arrangement where the lawyer will only get paid once the claim is won or settled. This means you don’t have to spend a lot of money to file and pursue a claim, and the payment to your personal injury lawyer will only be given once the case is over. Hiring legal professionals for your personal injury claim would protect you from time restrictions (or statute of limitations) and have the best tools to content any defenses that the other party may use. Furthermore, a lawyer would be more equipped to represent and fight you should the case go to court once a settlement is not reached.

A lot of things are needed in a personal injury claim, and if you hire a lawyer you will not be burdened with the legwork that comes with it. Regardless of whether the personal injury case is going to a settlement or a court, gathering and documenting evidence such as medical records, police and eye-witness reports, and many others can be effectively done by your lawyer and presented clearly during settlement or on court.

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